Colorado

Feb 10, 2010 11:56 AM by Associated Press

Convenience stores go it alone in beer sale fight

Colorado lawmakers are in the middle of another fight over who gets to sell full-strength beer, but this year the battle is more complicated. Convenience stores and supermarkets once fought together for the right to sell more than 3.2 percent alcohol beer, but now they're going it alone.

A bill up for a hearing Wednesday would give just convenience stores the ability to sell full-strength beer. Convenience stores say they have been losing money on 3.2 sales now that liquor stores that sell full-strength beer can stay open on Sundays.

Supermarkets, meanwhile, want to be able to buy out the licenses of some liquor stores so they can sell full-strength beer, wine and liquor.

A coalition of liquor store owners oppose both proposals.

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